Weapons Safety Award of Distinction.
TSgt Wisser displayed exceptional weapons safety knowledge and
judgment in response to a ground emergency on an A-10 at Pope AFB, N.C.
Upon inspection, he determined that a GAU-8 Breech bolt firing pin had
failed causing every seventh round not to fire. Assessing the situation
he found live 30mm rounds on either side of the system's firing
sector and was unable to determine if the damaged firing pin was still
partially cocked. He quickly devised a plan to isolate the gun from the
feeding chute and rotate the gun in both directions away from the firing
sector to remove the rounds. He then had the damaged breech assembly
removed and replaced with a new one so the remaining 30mm rounds in the
gun system could be safely downloaded. The importance of this decision
cannot be overemphasized as the condition of the rounds was not
discovered until the aircraft was back on parking spot putting three
other ACC and five AMC aircraft out front in potential danger. The
exceptional weapons system knowledge and quick assessment to plan of
action displayed by TSgt Wisser is a model of how weapons safety should
TSgt Dennis J. Wisser
23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
23rd Fighter Group
Pope AFB, N.C.